Lightning storms passing through Southern California mountains have started small lightning related fires in the San Bernardino National Forest. Firefighters will be working to suppress all of these fires.
Below we have listed each fire from the beginning of the lightning storms that passed over the forest. Each is listed by the name given to the fire, the time the fire was reported, the approximate location and estimated fire size. Any large fires will have a new "incident" started in InciWeb.
The fires are being suppressed by fire engines, hand crews, and helicopter water drops. The US Forest Service is conducting aerial reconnaissance flights each day over the forest to assist with detection of new lightning related fires. The reconnaissance flights are part of our normal operating plan after lightning storms.
The following lightning fires are being suppressed under unified command of the San Bernardino National Forest and CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit
August 19 - 21 fires reported.
1. 5:03 am – "Skyforest" - ¼ acre fire south of SR18 east of Skyforest on Sycamore Lane – snag burning with some ground fire - contained
2. 5:03 am - "Live Oak" - Running Springs area- single snag - contained
3. 5:59 am - "Waterman" - Waterman Canyon area - single snag - contained
4. 6:32 am - "Line"- Single Snag with 30'X 30' ground fire - contained
5. 6:43 am - "Deep Creek 1" - located in the T6 crossing area. - single snag - contained
6. 6:43 am - "Deep Creek 2" - in the T6 crossing area - single snag with small ground fire - contained
7. 6:43 am - "Deep Creek 3" - near the T6 parking area - single snag with 20' X 20' ground fire - contained
8. 7:11 am - "Boy Scout Ranch" - single snag on fire with 20' X 20' spot - contained
9-14. 7:35 am - "Silverwood" Sawpit Canyon - 6 separate fires - all snags with limited ground fire - contained
15. 8:52 am - "Holcomb 1" - approx. 1 mile east of the T6 crossing. - single snag - contained
16. 8:52 am - "Holcomb 2" - Single snag - contained
17. 9:26 am - "Quarry" - Near 2N79Y - single snag with small ground fire - contained
18. 12:37pm - "Deep Creek 4" - across drainage from the Deep Creek 3- contained
19. 2:28pm - "White 2" - East side of South Peak, north of Big Pine Flat - 9 acres - contained
20. 2:36pm - "Gobblers" - West of Lytle Creek / Stockton Flats area - For more information click to http://inciweb.org/incident/3690/
21. 4:56pm - "Dawson" - on the South-east aspect of Dawson Peak - contained
22. 3:09 p.m. August 20 - "Cutoff" - west of Camp Paivika and south of Crestline - contained at 3 acres. For more info go to http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3691/
Lightning is defined as: a visible discharge of electrical energy in the atmosphere in the vicinity of thunderstorms, volcanic eruptions or wildfire convection columns. Lightning results from separation of electrical charges due to turbulence inside a convective cloud.
Lightning strikes are typically categorized by their polarity (either positive or negative) and their direction of travel: cloud to cloud, cloud to ground or cloud to air. Negative lightning strikes are the most frequently observed as cloud to ground (CG) flashes beneath active thunderstorm cloud bases in the vicinity of rain showers. Positive strikes are less frequent but tend to be more powerful and appear to be capable of traveling scores of miles (or sometimes more) from the parent cloud and away from the rainfall.
Lightning poses several threats. Electrocution from the strong electrical current in and near a direct lightning strike is capable of killing humans and animals. Strong currents are also possible in soil, bodies of water, and other conductors in the vicinity of a lightning strike. Lightning is capable of igniting fire and the blast effect from strikes has been known to explosively shatter the bark of trees. Humans incapacitated by a lightning strike do not carry a residual charge and can be safely moved.
The exact locations of thunderstorms are difficult to forecast accurately more than a few hours in advance. The approach of a thunderstorm is commonly heralded by darkening clouds and flashes of lightning accompanied by booms of thunder growing louder and closer. Sometimes lightning is visible without the sound of thunder and at other times thunder is audible without flashes of lightning. Both need to be taken seriously and cover sought before the arrival of a storm.
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|Date of Origin||Monday August 19th, 2013 approx. 05:03 AM|
|Location||Multiple / Various|
Lightning storms forecast for the upcoming weekend could result in new fires.
All starts are being suppressed - Aerial recon flights will operate for the next several days looking for new fires.